Most Assassin bugs can be found in late June to early August, but can be active year-round in the Central Valley of California. sometimes known as cone-noses or kissing bugs, these beneficial insects are approximately 3/4 of an inch in length, with a long narrow head, long beak (3 segments), long slender antennae (4 segments) and an abdomen often widened at the middle; exposing segments beyond the wings.
Appropriately named, the Assassin bug will wait patiently, for the opportunity to ambush their prey. Exercising speed and accuracy, the Assassin bug uses its long beak to stab it’s victim; and inject lethal toxin. Often aggressive, Assassin bugs are not afraid to attack creatures; much larger than itself. In fact, if not handled with care and caution, Assassin bugs have been known to attack humans; causing a very painful bite and severe reaction.
Commonly used as a natural pest control method, the Assassin bug has proven its ability to perform as an effective exterminator; of spider and termite control problems. Utilizing a successful hunting technique, known as “aggressive mimicry”, these cunning pest-killers use dead termites; to deceive live ones into approaching. In a similarly deceptive manner, the Assassin Bug “plucks-away” at a spider’s web; mimicking the movements of exhausted, stuck prey. When the spider approaches to investigate, this natural exterminator will move into position; and then swiftly attack.